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McIlroy plans Whistling Straits practice round ahead of US PGA

William S Callahan

Published 04/08/2015 | 02:30

McIlroy has not played since rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle early last month
McIlroy has not played since rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle early last month

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has scheduled a Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits, site of next week’s PGA Championship, according to reports last night.

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The Northern Irishman has not played since rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle early last month, an injury that prevented him from defending his British Open title at St. Andrews.

News that the four-times Major champion plans to tee it up on the Wisconsin course this weekend is the first indication that he may defend his title at the PGA Championship, which starts on Thursday week.

The 26-year-old has ruled himself out of this week’s World Golf Championship event in Akron, Ohio.

Some medical experts said the injury suffered by McIlroy normally takes about 12 weeks to completely heal.

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